No matter the type or size of your event, having the space well-decorated truly enhances your guests' enjoyment.  But HOW are you going to accomplish that?


  • What is your budget?
  • How much time do you have?
    • Time prior to the event
    • Time the day of the event
    • Time after the event
  • How much quality help do you have?
  • Do you have items you can use?
  • Do you personally enjoy doing it?

Know Your Options:

  • Hire it done
  • Rent items you can decorate with
  • DIY - Make and decorate yourself
  • Purchase Decor-To-Go
  • Maybe a combination of the above...


Hiring Your Decorating Done

  • Professional Results
  • Easier to Manage - Less Stress
  • Saves on Time
  • Higher Cost

Rent Your Decorations

  • Higher Quality of Decor at Less Cost
  • Can Accent Items with Your Own Twist
  • No Dealing with Items Left Afterwards
  • Need to Transport Items Before and After
  • Items May Still Need Decorated
  • Requires Last-Minute Time

DIY Decorating

  • Less Cost - (Usually)
  • Can Decorate/Make Items Ahead of Time
  • Acquire the "Right-to-Brag" That You Did It
  •  Results May Not Look High Quality
  • Difficulty in Finding Items You Need
  • Requires Planning and Time and Help
  • Requires Last Minute Time and Help
  • Need to Deal With Your Items Afterwards

Decor-To-Go Decorations

  • Professional Results
  • Easier to Manage - Less Stress
  • Saves on Time Before, During & After Event
  • May Be Hard to Find
  • May Not be Suitable for All Events

Doing a Combination of Options

  • More Flexibility to Control Costs
  • Have More Control on Time Limitations
  • More Thing to Manage
  • Easier for Details to get Over-Looked
  • Items May Not Be Cohesive


There is NO one answer for every person or every event.  There is just one answer for YOU and for your CURRENT EVENT focus.  For a successful event, (AND ensuring that you do not end-up over-extending yourself resulting in a lot of stress) be sure to do your planning and allow buffers in budgeting your resources (money, time, and help).

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Author: Cheryl Rupple

After selling her 26-year Special Event Decorating Business, Cheryl started blogging to continue helping people celebrate their happiest times. Enjoying life as a Special Occasion Designer, Certified Balloon Artist, Prom Consultant, Wedding Designer/Decorator, and Small Business Coach has brought many happy times to her, those she has met on this path, and hopefully you!

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